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Some Do’s And Don’ts After You Get A Tattoo: How To Avoid Redness And Swelling

October 27th, 2012

Tattoos are so popular and common they can be seen everywhere. Many years ago they were mostly only seen on men. Now people across the world from all walks of life and all ages sport tattoos. A few people get one, regret it, and get tattoo removal. However, the majority of people who get one tattoo end up getting more.

In most cases, when someone gets a tattoo there are no problems. If done by a trained professional they can be pretty painless and safe. Every once in a while people get an infection or have an allergic reaction. Even when done correctly, a little redness, soreness and swelling is normal. To help reduce the amount of swelling and redness after getting a tattoo there are some dos and don’ts you should follow.


  • Leave a bandage on for at least two or three hours. It is normal to have some slight bleeding from the needle pricks.
  • For the first few days after getting a tattoo wash gently about three or four times daily with clean hands and soapy water. This will help prevent getting an infection and decrease redness.
  • When the tattoo has just been cleaned avoid using a rough towel to dry this will irritate and make it more red. Use a clean paper towel and gently pat dry.
  • Having some swelling is to be expected. To make it less noticeable apply a cold ice pack to reduce it, never put ice directly on the skin it could cause tissue damage.
  • Each time after you clean, before bandaging cover the tattoo with a thin layer of an antibiotic ointment. Then bandage. This cream will help it heal; infection is what causes severe redness.
  • While healing, apply lotion to the tattoo. Always use a fragrance and dye-free kind to not cause more redness and itching.


  • Avoid excessive touching of the tattoo. If it begins to scab over during the healing process leave it alone. Picking at the scab will cause redness and can cause an infection.
  • Until fully healed avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, soaking in long baths or swimming in lakes or rivers. This is to help prevent infection from bacteria in the water.
  • If possible, do not sleep directly on your tattoo. The area will be sore and the pressure on it can cause more swelling.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible for at least a month. This includes all tanning beds. Too much sun causes redness and can even affect the ink of the tattoo while healing.
  • Do not wear tight clothing on top of the tattoo. This will increase the pain and swelling.
  • If you have pets do not let them lick or rub up against your tattoo. The risk of infection from an animal is high.

If there is any oozing of green, yellow or white pus from the tattoo this is usually an infection. If the redness or swelling last for more than three or four days, or the area swells up like a balloon seek medical treatment. A well-done tattoo will can last a lifetime. If you decide it was a mistake there is now laser tattoo removal that is very effective. Follow the dos and don’ts carefully and you can safely enjoy your body art for many years to come.

Why Someone Would Choose To Remove Some Tattoos

August 14th, 2012

Tattoos are a form of art, and with all art, there are the good and bad artists. Good ones can create beautiful tattoos that everyone wants to have and bad ones will leave someone saying to you, “Did you pay for that?”

Human beings can be very fickle about the tattoos they get and may just change their mind about it when it’s too late. An example of this would be if a person goes into a tattoo shop to get a tattoo of the devil and later on in life they turn religious and may not want that tattoo any longer. Tattoo removal can be done and there are several options for doing so. Below are some reasons that someone would choose to have a tattoo removed. 

The number one reason that people seek to have a tattoo removed is because they have tattooed a name on their body that they no longer want to have. Normally, people who have their mom or child’s name on their body don’t have this issue, but an ex husband or wife or ex-girlfriend or boyfriend are the ones that most people want to have taken off. Always think twice before putting these types of names on your body. Nine times out of ten people regret this later in life. 

The number two reason that people seek to have a tattoo removed is because of their place of employment. Most companies don’t have a problem with tattoos as long as you can’t see them. If you have a tattoo that can be seen when you are dressed for work, you may find that companies will not hire you. Some companies have policies restricting tattoos that are visible. Tattoos above the neck are especially common to have removed as they fall into this category with people’s jobs being affected. 

Many people who have tattoos that were once a fad will want to have them removed later in life. An example of this would be the barb wire that was tattooed around the bicep in the 90s or the Ying Yang symbol that came about in the 80s. The butterfly on the middle of the back for women used to be a fad in college, now it’s gone away. This is the way we are with life. We all like change and it’s going to happen. It could be great for a year or two and then it seems unattractive. 

Life changes are the next reason that people look for ways to have tattoos removed. Back to people changing their minds, take a peek back in your high school year book and see what you are wearing. Would you wear that now? No. So, as we grow and change, so does our style. A new career, having children, being financially responsible, someone close to you dying and religion are just a few things that will change our lifestyle and the way we think. That can be a deciding factor in having a tattoo removed.

Last but not least is the artwork that you had tattooed on the body being poor in quality. Sometimes you just get one that is so bad you can do nothing to it but have it removed and just forget it. 

If you make the decision to have tattoo removal, do your research and find out the best way to have it done.